Share of reasons for using flexible working arrangements in the UK 2019

Almost one quarter of employees in the United Kingdom who had a flexible working arrangement with their employer said the main reason they started was to increase their leisure time. A further eighteen percent of UK workers with access to flexible work advised that the main reason was to look after a child or children.

What was the main reason you started working your flexible working arrangement?

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Release date

June 2019


United Kingdom

Survey time period


Number of respondents

2,393 respondents

Special properties

Employees using flexible working arrangements

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information regarding the wording of the question:
"respondents were asked specifically about a flexible work arrangement that they had used in the last year. Thus, depending on which arrangement they had used, respondents were asked, ‘What was the main reason you started working flexi-time?’ or ‘…started working in a job share?’ or ‘…started working reduced hours?’ etc."

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